Sunday 11 December 2016

Taxi drivers' addresses cut from register for security

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

The personal details of taxi drivers will be removed from a national register after serious safety concerns were raised
The personal details of taxi drivers will be removed from a national register after serious safety concerns were raised

The personal details of taxi drivers will be removed from a national register after serious safety concerns were raised.

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Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has secured Government approval to remove the home addresses of drivers from the National Transport Authority's (NTA) register of licences.

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley and industry representatives expressed concern that the inclusion of drivers' addresses on the register posed personal security risks.

Concern has been heightened due to the fact that drivers often carry quantities of cash home following their shifts.

Mr Donohoe's spokeswoman said addresses will be removed from the register through legislative amendments today.

"Many Small Public Service Vehicle licence holders are owner/operators and, therefore, it is their home address which is contained in the register of licences.

"The nature of their work involves the handling of cash, which poses a certain level of risk."

Irish Independent

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